Susan Harris is a writer from Cork, Ireland and when she’s not torturing her readers with heart-wrenching plot twists or killer cliffhangers, she’s probably getting some new book related ink, binging her latest TV or music obsession, or with her nose in a book.
Welcome to the Spotlight Lounge! Thanks for coming to chat with us today and let’s start with what your favorite drink would be to have while we chat.
A -Probably a nice cup of tea in one of my various mugs.
Musers hail from all around the globe – so where do you live and do you draw your inspiration from there?
A- Most musers know that I’m from a small little place called Ireland and I definitely use a lot of that in my series, especially Cork where I’m from.
So with the release of Arsonist's Lullaby you really have quite the collection of books going on now! From a dystopian standalone, to YA Vampires, a magical Shakespeare reimagining, and of course The Ever Chace Chronicles. So how do you decide what you want to write?
A- Usually I write what Melanie tells me to write lol. But most of my ideas come from the characters that start talking to me in my head. They start telling me their stories and we somehow work out how to tell it. Believe me that every character is quite vocal about having their own voice heard.
Ha! Well far be it from me to dissuade you from listening to me although let's be honest I think I spend more time helping flesh out the ideas you already have. So with that in mind - Do you have any favorite books, movies, or TV shows that have inspired you?
A- I’ve always said that The Ever Chace Chronicles stemmed from an idea of me watching Criminal Minds and asking what would Hotch be like as a werewolf and Derek started talking to me. I was always fascinated by Norse Mythology so being able to explore that aspect with my own twist was an added bonus.
Hmmm yes Derek, see if you always listened to me he would definitely not be doing so much talking lol. So obviously Derek is not my favorite character, but do you have a favorite within your Ever Chace Chroncles? If so who is it – and are they based on anyone in the real world?
A - All of the characters in the EC Chronicles have a special place in my heart. I don’t know if I really have a favorite, but Ricky is always fun to write. He’s grown the most, I think, since the books began and he’s always one for the sarcasm and banter.
Yes Ricky is a lot of fun, of course my favorite has to be Melanie .... but I might be a little biased lol. Right changing the subject a little - Are you a planner or a pantster? (I read this somewhere and had to steal it! Basically do you plan where your books are heading or do you write and see where the story takes you?
A- I’m a bit of both and depends on the book. With the Ever Chace Chronicles, I planned the books and even the ending from day one. Others, come to me as I’m writing or as the characters throw me a curveball and change things up as I write. I will admit to spending more time planning playlists than the actual book though!
And those playlists are awesome! (You can follow Susan Harris on Spotify to see them and probably find some music to fall in love with!).
Now you have put out a LOT of titles in various genres. What for you would you say is the hardest part of writing a book?
A-Self-doubt. I’m always struggling with trying to make sure that the previous book was not a fluke. I also hate the middle part of books, because I’m eager to see what happens at the end.But the hardest part of writing a book is waiting for Melanie to read it and give me her seal of approval. Lol
HA! Well I am certainly not going to apologize for that - especially as several of them have to take time outs in the metaphorical freezer! So where do you get all your ideas? I mean as a reader you definitely have some amazingly original takes on things!
A- Music is a passion of mine and I often find inspiration for scenes, characters, book titles from some of my fave songs. I also like finding character pictures on Pinterest that stand out to me as possible characters.
Well we know that your vision and my vision of your characters varies a lot so let's change the subject before we rehash a very familiar debate lol! If you could give younger you one piece of advice what would it be?
A - Don’t be too hard on yourself. Be you. Your anxiety does not define you nor will it stop you.And don’t think about it, just get the feckin’ tattoo!
That sounds like good advice! Greg and Em would definitely agree with you about the tattoo!
Are you reading any books right now?
A - I’m just finishing The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I didn’t want to like it because I’m Team Katniss all the way, but it was interesting.
Don't you hate that when a book makes you like it anyway lol. So what about TV Shows? Do you have any that are your #MustWatch at the moment?
A - Lockdown has seen us run out of shows to watch but I binged all season of Ray Donovan and loved it. We also watched Young Wallander, The new Cormen Strike series. I need to finish up the last three episodes of The 100, one of my fave shows and then mentally prepare myself to say goodbye to Supernatural.
Ugh I don't think any of us are mentally prepared to say goodbye to Supernatural. How about movies? What’s the last movie you watched and how would you rate it?
A- The last movies I watched were The Old Guard- which I bloody loved - I’d give it 4 stars, simply because I wanted more and The Outpost, which was also great- I’m a big fan of military shows and movies, The Hurt Locker is one of my fave movies. I’d also give the Outpost a 4
I'll agree with you on The Old Guard! That was great! Musers if you haven't seen it you can check it out on Netflix! The military ones I will just pass on lol.
Susan thank you so much for chatting today! Before you leave please let the Musers know where they can stalk you - just in case there are actually people that don't know!
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